Threes Guide WVU to Win over Fairleigh Dickinson

  • By Katie Kane
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  • December 07, 2013 05:04 PM
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Senior guard Taylor Palmer led all players in scoring with a season-high 25 points, including four 3-pointers, in Saturday's win.
Dale Sparks/All-Pro Photography photo
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  – The West Virginia women’s basketball team recorded a season-best 11 3-pointers in Saturday’s 94-47 win over Fairleigh Dickinson, at the WVU Coliseum.
The last time WVU recorded 11 3-pointers in a game was on Jan. 19, 2011 with 11 treys in a win over Marshall.
Fairleigh Dickinson came out shooting strong in the first eight minutes, taking a 12-9 lead over WVU. The Mountaineers (7-1) responded with a 34-5 run over the final 12 minutes of the opening half, helping WVU to a 43-17 halftime lead, one it would continue with until the final buzzer.
“I thought we got off to another slow start. Then, we got up in the passing lanes and starting playing. It was good to get everybody some playing time,” coach Mike Carey said. “Defensively, when we got up in the passing lanes, good things happened. When we stood around, bad things happened. When we moved the ball, good things happened. When we held the ball, bad things happened. I felt we gave up too many points in the second half, but when you're up 35 points, people starting standing around.”
The Mountaineers had four players in double figures behind senior guard Taylor Palmer’s game-leading 25 points, including a season-best five threes. Palmer’s point total was the eighth 20-point game of her career.
Senior guard Christal Caldwell, who had a 22-point outing earlier this week, recorded 19 points, to go with three treys, five steals and three assists. Senior guard Brooke Hampton led WVU’s bench with a season-high 13 points with three 3-pointers and five assists. The Mountaineer bench contributed 30 points.
“Brooke is playing with confidence. She knows she is going to play. She knows she is going to get a lot of time and you need to play with a lot of confidence. She is doing that. We need Brooke to shoot to get people off our post players,” Carey explained.
“I think we're deep. I think we've developed a bench. I think everyone accepts their roles and knows what is expected of them,” Carey said. “I'm pleased. Are we playing perfect? Absolutely not. Do we have a lot to improve on? Yes. But at this time of the year, we're okay.”
Senior center Asya Bussie added a double-double of 10 points and 10 boards to lead WVU in rebounding, in addition to three blocks. Behind Bussie, junior Averee Fields added seven rebounds, and redshirt-freshman Lanay Montgomery and junior Crystal Leary each pulled down six rebounds. True freshman Lubirdia Gordon came off the bench to chip in nine points in seven minutes.
WVU recorded a 47.1 clip (33-70) from the field, 47.8 percent (11-23) from 3-point range and 68 percent (17-25) from the foul line. The Knights (1-6) were limited to only 28.1 percent (16-57) from the field, 35.3 percent (6-17) from beyond the arc and 47.4 percent (9-19) from the charity stripe.
The Mountaineers forced 18 Fairleigh Dickinson turnovers, gaining 24 points off giveaways. WVU recorded 14 turnovers. WVU was one assist shy of a season-high with 21. The Mountaineers outrebounded the Knights 58-30.
Fairleigh Dickinson was led in scoring by sophomore forward Brianna Thomas with 23 points, including three treys. Senior Desiree Crawford and sophomore Anastasia Williams each pulled down six boards to lead the Knights in rebounding. Crawford also had four blocks and two steals.  
The Mountaineers return to the court against Marshall in the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Charleston Civic Center.